Chittenden County, Vermont
|Chittenden County, Vermont|
Chittenden County Superior Court in Burlington
Location in the state of Vermont
Vermont's location in the U.S.
|Founded||October 22, 1787|
|• Total||619 sq mi (1,603 km2)|
|• Land||537 sq mi (1,391 km2)|
|• Water||83 sq mi (215 km2), 13%|
|• (2014 Estimate)||160,531|
|• Density||298.4/sq mi (115/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Chittenden County // is the most populous county in the state of Vermont, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 156,545. The estimate for 2014 is 160,531. Its county seat is the state's most populous municipality, the city of Burlington. Home to nearly a quarter of Vermont's total population, Chittenden County is the most populous county in the state, with more than twice as many residents as Vermont's second-most populous county of Rutland. It is named after Vermont's first governor and one of the framers of its Constitution as a Republic and state, Governor Thomas Chittenden.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Government
- 4 Economy
- 5 Education
- 6 Personal health and safety
- 7 Infrastructure
- 8 Athletics
- 9 Communities
- 10 See also
- 11 Footnotes
- 12 External links
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 619 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 537 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 83 square miles (210 km2) (13%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Vermont by area.
Originally, Chittenden County contained parts of other counties. It included all of today's Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille counties, and parts of today's Orleans, Washington, and Addison counties.
- Grand Isle County – north
- Franklin County – northeast
- Lamoille County – east
- Washington County – southeast
- Addison County – south
- Essex County, New York – southwest
- Clinton County, New York – northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 156,545 people, 62,587 households, and 35,169 families residing in the county. The population density was 272 people per square mile (105/km²). There were 61,302 housing units at an average density of 109 per square mile (42/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.21% White, 1.71% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 2.44% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 1.63% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 13.9% were of Irish, 12.7% English, 12.0% French Canadian, 11.9% French, 7.4% German, 6.9% American and 6.3% Italian ancestry according to the 2000 census. 92.5% spoke English, 2.7% French and 1.2% Spanish as a first language.
2014 U.S. Census Estimates
In 2014, there were 160,531 people, and 67,271 households. The racial makeup of the county was 91.7% White, 2.4% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 2.1% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 67,271 households of which 36.23% had children under age 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.70% were non-families. 24.31% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.72% had someone living alone who was age 65 or older. Average household size was 2.67 and average family size was 3.13.
In the county, age distribution was as follows: 18.7% under the age of 18, 15.23% from 18 to 24, 32.05% from 25 to 44, 20.82% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.06 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.
In 2008, 19% described their ancestry as Irish, 17% English, 14% French and 9% French-Canadian.
In 2007, census department estimates that Chittenden had the youngest average age in the state, 37.5. This compares with the actual census in 2000 of 34.2 years.
In 2008, about 29% of the population lives alone. 59% of households consist of families. 38% of men and 35% of women, age 15 or older, have never married. 6% of the population were born in a foreign country, 8% of residents speak a language other than English at home.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 156,545 people, 61,827 households, and 36,582 families residing in the county. The population density was 291.7 inhabitants per square mile (112.6/km2). There were 65,722 housing units at an average density of 122.5 per square mile (47.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.5% white, 2.8% Asian, 2.1% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.1% were Irish, 15.3% were English, 10.9% were German, 9.1% were French Canadian, 8.5% were Italian, and 6.7% were American.
Of the 61,827 households, 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.8% were non-families, and 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92. The median age was 36.2 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $59,878 and the median income for a family was $78,283. Males had a median income of $49,991 versus $39,213 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,095. About 6.6% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
As in all Vermont counties, there is a small executive function which is mostly consolidated at the state level. There is a County Sheriff and Chittenden County Sheriff's Department. The elected Sheriff is Kevin McLaughlin. Remaining county government is judicial. There are no "county taxes."
In 2007, median property taxes in the county were $3,809, placing it 265 out of 1,817 counties in the nation with populations over 20,000. It stood first in Vermont.
|2012||69.6% 53,626||28.0% 21,571|
|2008||71.4% 59,611||26.7% 22,237|
|2004||63.5% 49,369||34.0% 26,422|
|2000||54.4% 39,156||36.3% 26,105|
According to the US Census, the median household income for the years 2007 and 2011 was $62,260. The per capita income for the same period was $32,533. 
As of the 2010 US Census, the median income for a household in the county was $63,989, and the median income for a family was $59,460. Males had a median income of $38,541 versus $27,853 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,281. About 4.90% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.
GlobalFoundries (a former IBM microelectronics business), in Essex Junction, is Vermont's largest private employer. While it was IBM, it provided 25% of all manufacturing jobs in Vermont. It was responsible for $1 billion of the state's annual economy.
One measure of economic activity is retail sales. In 2007, Chittenden led the state with 29% of sales, as measured by sales tax reports. This amounted to US$1.52 billion. Four local cities stood among the top five areas in the state: 1- Williston, 2-South Burlington, 4-Colchester, and 5-Burlington.
In 2008, a vacancy rate for office space reached 11%, and was called "historic."
There are several school districts within the county, including Burlington, Winooski and Chittenden East. Teachers salaries in 2007–8 varied from lows of $33,000 to $38,000 annually. Top salaries ranged from $66,000 to $79,000. Teachers pay from 10–20% of their health premiums with many contracts at 12%.
Chittenden County is home to the University of Vermont, Champlain College, and Burlington College, which are located in the city of Burlington. A campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont's first pharmacy school) and the campus of Saint Michael's College are in the town of Colchester. A branch of the Community College of Vermont is located in Winooski and a satellite campus of Vermont Technical College is located in Williston.
Personal health and safety
In the first national survey by Robert Wood Johnson and the University of Wisconsin in 2010, Vermont ranked the highest in the country for health outcomes. The top county in Vermont was Chittenden.
Consistent with the rest of New England and other counties in the state of Vermont, the county has little formal county government. There are a few agencies that serve county-wide. One is the Chittenden County Solid Waste District.
In 2008, the Solid Waste District announced that it would charge trash haulers $17/ton for recyclables. Formerly it was paying $7/ton. The global economy has reduced the demand for recycled materials.
Interstate 89 crosses Chittenden County initially from east to west, then makes a northward turn in South Burlington to run north along the Lake Champlain shoreline. The full trajectory is generally from southeast to northwest. There are seven interchanges within the county. Four of the interchanges provide direct access to U.S. Route 2, which parallels the interstate throughout most of the county. U.S. Route 7, the county's main north-south surface route, is also directly accessible from two interchanges.
The Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization measures traffic, analyzes road conditions, and allocates federal and state funds accordingly.
There is a private, amateur Champlain Valley Swim League with nine members, mostly from Chittenden.
In Vermont, gores and grants are unincorporated portions of a county which are not part of any town and have limited self-government (if any, as many are uninhabited).
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Chittenden County, Vermont
- USS Chittenden County (LST-561)
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- Richmond, Huntingdon, Undeerhill, Bolton and Jericho
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- Burlington Free Press, Waste district raises recycling fees, Page, Candace, November 12, 2008
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- Chittenden County Sheriff's Office
- National Register of Historic Places listing for Chittenden Co., Vermont
- Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Business and tourism information.
||Clinton County, New York||Grand Isle County||Franklin County|
|Essex County, New York||Addison County||Washington County|